The San Francisco Pride Board of Directors is a diverse group of community leaders who provide governance to the organization. Board Members serve a three-year term after being nominated and elected. The Membership of SF Pride will elect up to six new Board Members at the Annual General Meeting on September 15, 2018.
Manuel Alejandro Pérez*
Nguyen ‘Win’ Pham*
“If I am chosen to be a board member of this important community organization, Pride 2019 would be the first one that I would help to organize.”
“The year 2019 also marks the 30th Anniversary of the seminal film ‘Tongues Untied’. Queer film maker Marlon Riggs directed this meditation on some of the ways Black Queer men were experiencing life in America in the late 1980’s. A lot of the same issues brought up in this movie would likely still resonate with audiences today. Both Marlon Riggs and poet Essex Hemphill are featured prominently through out, but both have since succumbed to medical issues related to having contracted AIDS.
‘Tongues Untied’ dreamed of a future where there were successful television shows and movies about Queer Black people. Starting in 2015, with the Gay character in Lee Daniel’s ‘Empire’ that is played by Jussie Smollett. Then there was the Gay themed storyline of the 2016 Oscar winning film ‘Moonlight’. And now we have the Ryan Murphy/Janet Mock 2018 hit ‘Pose’ show on FX; plus there is the amazing independent movie ‘Saturday Church’ that starred a number of the same Transgender actors also playing Trans characters. Director Jennie Livingston released ‘Paris Is Burning’, in 1990, a documentary about the ballroom scene in the late 1980’s in New York City; and she is a consultant on ‘Pose’. ‘Tongues Untied’ was made in the Bay Area and is about being Black and Queer here. Both films have scenes about ‘voguing’ which originated in the ballroom scene, and both also feature the amazing dancing of Willi Ninja. And where Livingston stayed behind the camera, Marlon Riggs is featured in many scenes in his film. Other notables seen in his movie are singer Blackberri who was also a Pride Grand Marshal in 2017, and playwrights Djola Branner and Brian Freeman, (Marlon Riggs was also a Grand Marshal in our parade in 1993.)
Many members of our community have waited a longtime to have their experiences and contributions be recognized. I am strongly interested in helping SF Pride continue on with it’s efforts to share a diversity of perspectives. Celebrating ‘Tongues Untied’ at SF Pride in 2019, is an idea that helps to illustrate where my heart is at; and I will be reaching out to Frameline to see if they could screen this film and some of his others, and see if KQED will air it again, as well as reach out to SF MOMA, the Museum Of African Disapora, and some of our elected officials to get their support for this idea. “